The Tasmanian Abalone industry contributes 0.25% of its annual Gross Value of Production (GVP) in the form of a levy to the Commonwealth Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC). These research funds are administered via an Industry Partnership Agreement (IPA) by the Abalone Council of Australia Ltd. (ACA) for research projects of national significance.
Abalone Council Australia
The TAC is a member of the Abalone Council Australia Ltd (ACA). The ACA is a national peak industry body representing the wild-harvest abalone industry from the five producing states – Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales.
The primary function of the ACA is to oversee and manage national R&D investment in abalone related research as set out in the Industry Partnership Agreement (IPA) between the ACA and the FRDC.
The current ACA Strategic Plan focuses on encouraging investment in the following areas:
- Healthy productive abalone stocks, globally renowned
- Maximum benefit from the harvest
- Premium consumers prefer Australian wild abalone
- Human Capacity that drives success
- Efficient national leadership
Abalone Association of Australasia Inc
The TAC is also a member of the Abalone Association of Australasia Inc (AAA) – the peak body for Australian Abalone Exporters.